The Harold Gracey File
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Jul 24, 2000
Title: Vice president of government affairs, FedBid.com.
Career: Began his federal career in 1970 as management intern with the
Department of the Army at Fort Meade, Md. Worked at the Department of Health
and Human Services from 1974 to 1983, holding a series of management positions.
Joined the VA in 1983 as a program analysis officer, received his first
promotion two years later, and ended his 17-year career there as head of
the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology.
Awards: Gracey received the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive
in 1993 and was given the Rank Award of Distinguished Executive the next
Quotation: "The last 30 years are a blur like rises in a roller coaster — and some dips."
Rises: "Getting compensation for Vietnam veterans and their kids from
[exposure to] Agent Orange and Persian Gulf veterans [with illnesses] were
peaks because we got something done that had been talked about for a long
Dips: "Oklahoma City was a real shocker, and I have a piece of granite
from that building because it made you think that people didn't think about
government the way they should. And the [1995 to 1996] government shutdown
was just awful because you'd walk into a normally bustling office and see
just a handful of people, all essentially over a political stalemate over